Newcastle United are set to announce the coaching appointment of Graeme Jones at the start of this week.
Football Insider broke the news last Friday morning that the north-east giants were closing in on a landmark hire that would solidify Steve Bruce’s position as manager.
Newcastle sources have told Football Insider that Jones has agreed to join Bruce’s coaching staff although there is still a contractual issue to be sorted before the deal can be completed.
The Premier League outfit are set to make a severance payment to Jones’ current club Bournemouth as part of the move.
The Championship side have given permission for Jones, 50, to discuss terms with Newcastle and finalise a move that has been worked on for many weeks.
Roberto Martinez’s former assistant at Everton, Belgium and Wigan Athletic is highly regarded as a coach and has a reputation for improving and challenging players on the training ground.
Bruce has given his full endorsement to an appointment that, on the face of it, strengthens his position as manager.
He is coming under increasing pressure from supporters on the back of a winless run of 10 matches and a barren spell in which they have scored only once in the last eight games.
Newcastle are currently seven points clear of the relegation zone and the club’s number one priority is retaining their top-flight status.
Bruce has been forced to constantly defend his position and track record in the face of mounting criticism from supporters.
Newcastle fans were left hugely frustrated following the failed takeover bid last summer, where supporters hoped that a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium would take control from Ashley.